David E. Hamilton Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. His responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and representing these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.
Mr. Hamilton is a 1974 distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program, a 1982 graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School and is Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III certified in test and evaluation as well as program management. During his tours as a flight test engineer, Mr. Hamilton participated in the developmental and operational testing of ground and flight-testing of the numerous aerospace propulsion systems, the Space Shuttle, B-1B, Tacit Blue, F-117, advanced cruise missile, B-2 and numerous other classified programs. He holds a master non-rated aircrew badge.
Mr. Hamilton previously directed the Air Force Red Team, which provides independent assessments of U.S. capabilities and their vulnerabilities to senior Air Force and DOD leaders. In his final military assignment he was responsible for the programming and execution of the entire Air Force special access program budget. He retired from the Air Force in the rank of colonel in Aug. 2003 after 29 years active-duty. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Hamilton worked for a Washington, D.C. consulting and engineering firm. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2003.
1974 Bachelor of science degree in aeronautics, Saint Louis University
1977 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1982 Flight Test Engineer, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
1983 Distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
1988 Master?s degree in business administration, with distinction, National University, San Diego, Calif.
1990 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College
1. October 1974 - June 1977, test engineer, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2. July 1977 - June 1980, Space Shuttle Program engineer, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
3. July 1980 - June 1981, assistant Space Shuttle Program Element monitor, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
4. July 1981 - June 1982, student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
5. July 1982 - November 1982, operations engineer, B-1B Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
6. November 1981 - March 1982, student, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
7. April 1982 - November 1984, Lead Defensive Systems engineer and operations engineer, B-1B Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. December 1984 - December 1990, Director of Special Test Programs, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
9. January 1991 - November 1995, Chief, Air Force Red Team, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. December 1995 - June 1998, Chief, Special Program Division, Directorate of Requirements, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. July 1998 - March 2003, Director, Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. April 2003 - August 2003, Senior Engineer, Modern Technologies Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Va.
13. August 2003 - present, Director, Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
1977 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory